Country Life Every Week - - Bridge | Crossword - An­drew Rob­son

It’s our last week on squeezes, you’ll be pleased/sorry to hear. I love this deal from Or­lando, Florida, which goes to show that the squeeze is not the an­swer to ev­ery­thing.

De­clarer won West’s King of Di­a­monds lead with dummy’s Ace, cashed the King of Hearts, then fol­lowed with a spade. East grabbed the Ace-king and led the Knave. De­clarer ruffed the third spade and led out all his Hearts.

On the last Heart, West was squeezed down to two Clubs, to keep the Queen of Di­a­monds. Dummy’s Knave of Di­a­monds could now be dis­carded, to leave AceKing-knave of Clubs. De­clarer led a Club to the Ace-king, know­ing that there was no point in fi­ness­ing, given that West’s last card was the Queen of Di­a­monds.

Lo and be­hold, the Queen of Clubs fell—11 tricks made. It was a per­fect show-up squeeze.

An­other de­clarer went a dif­fer­ent route (in Five Hearts). Win­ning the King of Di­a­monds lead with dummy’s Ace, he cashed the King of Hearts, then fol­lowed with the Ace-king of Clubs.

If the Queen hadn’t fallen, he would have ex­ited with the Knave of Clubs. West would win the Queen, but have to lead a Di­a­mond, pro­mot­ing dummy’s Knave, or a Club (giv­ing ruff-and-dis­card). De­clarer knew from the bid­ding that West held no spades.

In fact, the Queen of Clubs fell, so de­clarer now ruffed a Di­a­mond, crossed to the Knave of Clubs and led the Knave of Di­a­monds, dis­card­ing a spade. West won, but, with no spades to lead (as de­clarer knew from the bid­ding), had to lead a mi­nor. De­clarer ruffed in dummy and shed his last spade from hand to make 12 tricks. A beau­ti­ful Loser-on Loser play.

Our sec­ond deal is a rather op­ti­mistic grand slam. (1) too strong for an im­me­di­ate Heart raise. (2) ace-show­ing cue bid—south is worth a slam try given his fine shape and con­trols. (3) ace-show­ing cue bid, deny­ing the ace of Di­a­monds. (4) Loves his void Di­a­mond.

West did well to stay off the Ace of Di­a­monds, de­duc­ing cor­rectly that south would have a void to jump to the grand slam. He led a pas­sive Heart. De­clarer won dummy’s King and led a sec­ond Heart to his ten, East dis­card­ing a Di­a­mond.

At trick three, de­clarer led a spade to the Queen with his fin­gers crossed. suc­cess—the fi­nesse suc­ceeded. He now crossed to his Ace-king of Clubs and ruffed a Club. If the suit had split 3-3, he would have two long cards and could have dis­carded two spades from dummy to end his prob­lems. How­ever, East dis­carded on the third Club.

De­clarer ruffed a Di­a­mond back to hand and ruffed a fourth Club. He led over to his Ace of Hearts, cashed the fifth Club, then led his last Heart. West had to dis­card from King-ten of spades and the Ace of Di­a­monds, dummy (cru­cially dis­card­ing af­ter) hold­ing Ace-small of spades and the King of Di­a­monds.

West had to let go the ten of spades, to re­tain the Ace of Di­a­monds. Dummy’s King of Di­a­monds was now re­leased, where­upon a low spade to the Ace felled West’s King and de­clarer scored the last trick with his pro­moted Knave of spades. Grand slam made.

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